From fashion editor to architect? Absolutely can be done.
Read Sophie Hicks' amazing story as told to Stephen Heyman for New York Times Style Magazine. She quit her job as fashion editor for Tatler and British Vogue in the 1980's to study architecture. Not a bad judgment call if you ask me, considering the fact that since then she has designed almost 100 Chloé stores around the world, among other extraordinary projects.
In 2002 Chloé asked us to come up with a concept for their stores. The brand has attitude. Chloé’s image is pretty but also spirited and unpredictable and my aim was to show the contradictions inherent in the Chloé character and to give the shops an edginess which is missing in many luxury designer shops.Her work has been featured in many fashion-retail-specific interior design and architecture books like The Inspired Retail Space, Fashion Retail, London Architecture & Design Guides, Shops and Boutiques 2000 and International Architecture Yearbook: No.8 and she has also designed furniture for her own projects as well as the bottle and packaging for Paul Smith's perfume.
And she dresses in men's suits, a fashion statement I love.
Image and quoted text from Sophie Hicks